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Feb. 26th, 2007

The showcase where I'll (hope to) perform my Hustle routine is in a couple of weeks. I have two more scheduled lessons with my teacher. I don't think two more lessons is enough. I might be able to do it with four lessons. In the past, when I've felt iffy about a routine, I've postponed it until a future date, but since I invited some people to come watch, I don't want to disappoint them. I suppose I could postpone it and just do freestyles if it just doesn't look like it will come together in time.

One of the owners put together a little trailer of the upcoming showcase. My teacher and I are in a couple of shots.


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Feb. 26th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Playing devil's advocate here, what do you think is the "worst" that could happen? If you miss some of the steps, or even if you forget a bit and have to stop for a few seconds and start up again, do you think the people you're performing for will actually be "disappointed"?

Try the question in reverse... when is the last time you went to see someone else perform and were disappointed? (I think it's slightly different in the case where you care about the person performing -- i.e. they mean much more to you than the content/quality of that performance.)

Anyway, don't let the worry over disappointing someone else stress you out. I'm sure if your goal is to get out there, do your best, and have fun doing it, everyone else will be happy for you/with you.
Feb. 27th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Well, it's not so much that anyone in the audience will be disappointed, it's that having danced for a few years, I know when I'm ready to perform vs. still being in learning mode. I don't want to perform poorly when I know that I'm not quite ready.

There was a routine I did back in 2004 in which I had a brain freeze and had to start over. As it turns out, I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was, plus I was tired from all of the other dances I'd done earlier. (If you'll note the date of this entry, events around that time made it generally difficult to focus on dance.) I'd prefer to do better this time, if possible.

My teacher and I ran the routine a few times last night. I did it decently about half the time. The last time we ran it I was tired and made some mistakes. We didn't schedule a lesson for later this week because my teacher's pretty optimistic about my progress. So we'll see, I guess. I suppose I could have asked for another lesson this week, but she's been pretty tired, especially during the extra lesson times.

There have been a few times when I've been disappointed seeing someone's performance for similar reasons. It's usually the case that I know the person and know they were also disappointed, so I'm disappointed for their sake, not disappointed by the quality of the performance.
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